Petra Kvitova was back in a Grand Slam decider for the first time in five years, and the enormity of the achievement was just starting to sink in. “It’s been a long journey,” she said. “I’m still not really believing that I’m in the final …”.
The Czech has been through plenty of mental and physical anguish over the past few years, but qualified for her first major final since she won Wimbledon in 2014 by dispatching Danielle Collins in straight sets on Thursday afternoon.
Naomi Osaka, who ousted Karolina Pliskova in the other semifinal, now stands between the 28-year-old and a third major title on Saturday.